• Importance of Fitness and Firefighter Heart Health
    Heart attacks are one of the leading causes of death among firefighters. This article discusses the many components that should be included in a health and wellness program to help firefighters prevent death and injury on the job.
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    Why You Should Read This Article       

    Heart attacks are one of the leading causes of death among firefighters. It is important for members of this population to get regular health screenings to monitor for preventable risk modifiers of cardiovascular disease. In addition to this, a regular endurance training program that is well designed can help mitigate the physiological changes that occur during prolonged periods (more than three hours) of firefighting.

    This article is recommended because it reminds the reader that job training is not the only component that will help firefighters prevent death on the job. There are many other factors that can be included within a health and wellness program that should be considered as important as job skills, physical fitness, and injury prevention.

    TSAC Report
    Importance of Fitness and Firefighter Heart Health by John Hofman
    Issue 20, 2012

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    About the Author:

    John Hofman, MS, CSCS, USAW-1

    John Hofman, MS, CSCS, USAW-1, is one of the leading experts in the field of Firefighter Health and Wellness. As the strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento Fire Department, Hofman oversees the Wellness Center, coordinates the department’s medical and fitness assessments, develops recruit fitness training, pre-employment medical and fitness evaluations, and assists the department’s 20 certified Peer Fitness Trainers.


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